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Officials in Memphis, Tennessee, are bracing for the Mississippi River to crest Tuesday at its highest level in more than 70 years. The river is expected to reach 48 feet -- just shy of the 48.7-foot record set in 1937 -- shortly after midnight Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff told CNN Sunday. By daybreak Sunday, the Mississippi had already reached 47.3 feet. Local officials have a "high level of confidence" that the prediction is accurate, said Bob Nations, director of preparedness in Shelby County, Tennessee. Residents in 1,100 trailers and homes in low-lying areas in the county, which includes Memphis and surrounding areas, have already been told to evacuate. As of Saturday, 367 residents had moved into shelters, Borghoff said.
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